The COAL PRIZE Art&Environment reward each year a project about the environment by a contemporary artist. The winner is chosen by a jury of personalities from the worlds of contemporary art, research, ecology and sustainable development, out of 10 finalists selected from an international call for entries.

The COAL prize is an opportunity to promote the entries and artists involved and to demonstrate the creative potential of fine arts with regards to the environment and related issues. The aim of the prize is to encourage artists to focus on environmental issues and helping to foster a culture of ecology.

Special topic 2012 : the COAL PRIZE 2012 will reward entries that focus on RURAL ISSUES and FARMING.

The COAL Prize, worth 10 000 euros, was launched in 2010 by the French association COAL, the coalition for art and sustainable development. It comes under the auspices of the french Ministry of Culture and Communication, The French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development, the National Centre of Fine Arts (CNAP), and enjoys the support of Le Laboratoire, PwC and a private benefactor.

The award of the Coal Prize 2012 attended by the artist finalists and personalities from the world of art and sustainable development, will happen in march 2012 at Le Laboratoire.


  • The application period closes on January 15th 2012
  • The prize will be awarded on March 2012

Selection of entries

The entry selection criteria take stock of the artistic value, relevance (understanding the issues), originality (ability to introduce novel approaches, themes, and points of view), pedagogy (ability to get a message across, to raise awareness), a social and participative approach (engagement, testimony, efficiency, societal dynamics), eco-design, feasibility.

Entries by artist finalists are displayed to promote networking with bodies and authorities, which could facilitate the future realisation of projects. The submitted project has to be new or still in process but not achieved. The Coal prize will be a part of the entire funding.

International scientific committee

As part of the call for entries, COAL is organizing a meeting between artists and members of the scientific committee, with a view to providing tailored guidance. This scientific committee is made up of:

  • Edouard Bard, climatologist, Coll├Ęge de France, science academy, CNRS
  • Nathalie Blanc, geographer, CNRS UMR LADYSS
  • Dominique Bourg, philosopher, IEP, UTT, member of the ecology watch committee of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation,
  • Denis Couvet, ecologist, MNHN, polytechnic,
  • Alain Grandjean, associate director, Carbone 4, member of the ecology watch committee of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation.

Application package

This should comprise the following documents, assembled in a single PDF file (20Mo Max.) :

  • A Curriculum Vitae and a portfolio
  • A summary and illustrated description of the entry, detailing its artistic aspects and its relevance to the environmental and rural issues
  • A note on the technical aspects of the entry, notably in terms of the construction and means of production
  • An estimated budget


All proposals should be submitted to the COAL FTP server at before January 15th 2012.

Particular conditions

By entering this competition, applicants expressly authorize the COAL association to publish, reproduce and display in public all or part of the elements of their entry, for any purposes linked to the promotion and communication of the COAL project, on all platforms, media, in all countries and for the LEGAL DURATION OF THE COPYRIGHT. Entries submitted but not selected will be held in the archives of the COAL association. They will, however, remain the property of their authors.

Participation in this call entails the full acceptance of the conditions laid out above.


For any further requests please write to the organisers.

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